What's New in Washington, D.C.

In 2006, Congress punched the time card all of 101 days. If the rest of us had that much free time, we'd find it easy to visit all the new attractions in the nation's capital....

The European "Masterworks" collection has returned to The Phillips Collection, a privately owned museum in Dupont Circle. It toured while the 1897 Georgian Revival mansion underwent a $27 million renovation. 1600 21st St. NW, 202/387-2151, phillipscollection.org, $12, under 18 free.

The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery reopened last summer after a $300 million, six-and-a-half-year redo. The stately Old Patent Office Building is once again a showcase for portraits of every president, as well as of athletes, artists, and more. Eighth St. and F St. NW, 202/633-1000, npg.si.edu, free.

Nearly doubling the panda bears' play area (and you know we like a panda), the $53 million upgrade to the Asia Trail at The Smithsonian's National Zoo is the first step in the zoo's overhaul. 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202/633-4800, nationalzoo.si.edu, free.

Last October, the U.S. Air Force Memorial debuted on a hilltop in Arlington, Va. Three spires arch skyward. 703/247-5808, airforcememorial.org, free.

Coming soon: The mediacentric Newseum reopens on October 15 in new digs on Pennsylvania Avenue. 888/639-7386, newseum.org, $18.


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